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In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.

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Po (voice)
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Shifu (voice)
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Tigress (voice)
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Tai Lung (voice)
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Monkey (voice)
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Mantis (voice)
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Viper (voice)
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Crane (voice)
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Oogway (voice)
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Mr. Ping (voice)
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Zeng (voice)
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Gang Boss (voice)
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KG Shaw (voice)
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JR Shaw (voice)
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Storyline

It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around...which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart - and his girth - into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Panda: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,069,679 (UK) (4 July 2008)

Gross:

$215,395,021 (USA) (3 October 2008)
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The characters of KG Shaw and JR Shaw are a reference to The Shaw Brothers Creative Group, who created many 1970's kung fu movies. Tai Lung is named after Shaw star Lung Ti. See more »

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When Po tries to use the bamboo to vault into the ceremony he makes a big crack in the wall - however this disappears right away as it is never to be seen again. See more »

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[first lines]
Po: Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend.
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The opening and closing credits are carried out in stylized 2D animation, meant to resemble Chinese shadow puppetry. See more »

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References Samurai Jack (2001) See more »

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Masterami Kung-Fu
Lyrics by Ilya Lagutenko
Performed by Ilya Lagutenko
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Finally, Dreamworks Animation has a classic.
9 June 2008 | by (Hamilton, Ontario) – See all my reviews

After various 3D animated movies ranging from lacklustre "star" movies ("Madagascar"), boring tripe ("Shark Tale", "Bee Movie"), and over-rated, over-hyped overkill ("Shrek"), Dreamworks can finally be proud of a truly great film. (Sidebar: I actually enjoyed "Flushed Away" and "Over The Hedge".) First, the bad. If I could complain about ANYTHING it may be a few of the voices. Besides Po, Shifu and Oogway, the rest of the cast seemed pretty 'phoned-in'. Thankfully, those characters are pretty inconsequential so they're not really missed.

Now the good... or rather great. While classic kung fu movies are poked fun at, Kung Fu Panda does an excellent job of treating the genre with great respect in a movie geared towards kids. And while it IS kid friendly, it is not dumbed down to the point where it's childish. All the classic elements of those great kung fu flicks are there, while still keeping it pleasantly G-rated.

Let me get this out of the way: this movie has some of the greatest 3D animated fight scenes. Ever. What elevates them from good to great is that while I expected the unbelievable, gravity-defying stunts that are REQUIRED of a good kung fu movie, there is an amazing amount of 'realism' to the physics in this movie. Just watch the jailbreak and you'll understand.

Speaking of animation, the cinematography, character design and backgrounds are all done very, very well. Whether it's flying through the air alongside a leaping character, the painting-like backgrounds, or the wonderful opening sequence (reminiscent of Samurai Jack), they're all beautiful. Snap zooms, slow-motion, and flying cameras are also used with great skill to further the experience.

Even the music and sound is outstanding. Asian drums rumble in the background of intense fights... stones shatter and crumble away... fight sequences rise and fall with each of the music cues, or is that the other way around? Beautiful.

What helps make this a new classic in my eyes is what it doesn't have. There are no Matrix, Spiderman, or other dated references. There are no inside jokes related to the voice actors. There isn't even any double entendre or unnecessary crude humour. Much like "Finding Nemo" or "Monsters Inc", there's just plenty of pop-culture-free goodness that is terribly entertaining.

The last great part of this movie is often the most overlooked part of a good family film... heart. This movie has oodles of it. Other movies have tried to have a lesson in the end like 'be yourself' ("Shrek"), or 'the value of friends' ("Madagascar"), or... 'be yourself' ("Shark Tale"), but "Kung Fu Panda" has genuine cinematic moments with dialogue that carries real weight. Best line: Oogway regarding yesterday, tomorrow and today.

So, finally, as a complete sucker for Pixar animation, I'm glad that another animation company can actually put proper thought and execution into a FAMILY movie. What else can I say? Congratulations Dreamworks. 10 out of 10.


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